SUN 14th Oct 2pm
WA folk rock artist Davey Craddock's second album is messy. There's blood on the pavement, helicopters overhead and a racist shouting over the fence. It's called One Punch. There are no country songs. There are no love songs. There's a bomb.
Rhythms magazine have called One Punch “superb”, Paul Gough of Radio National fame called it “one of the absolute rippers of 2018” while Stuart Coupe, 2SER presenter and former manger of Paul Kelly, has declared it “astonishingly impressive”.
Since the release of the West Australian singer songwriter's debut album City West in 2016, things have changed.
City West's dry, observational, offbeat take on folk rock became a favourite of ABC Radio and Double J with The Australian giving it four stars. Don Walker invited Davey to Sydney to perform it, Davey played it to perplexed Americans, Davey performed it at festivals right around the country and fans of Australian storytelling dug it. But when sitting down to write the follow up things felt - and sounded - very different.
The first half of One Punch was written in America on a trip punctuated by the three surreal US presidential debates. Once home, a second batch of songs emerged as hasty dot points in Davey's iPhone - scraps about meth bashings, his Dad's ill health and a lot of talk of nuclear war. Suddenly writing about girls and long drives through the country didn't feel all that important.
Recorded with his crack band of Perth notaries, One Punch sees Davey adding darker, noisier and more chaotic sounds to his brand of alt-folk. It's an album about displaced people and displaced ideas.
Davey's national tour with his full band includes stops at taste-making Americana festival Out On The Weekend and three day Hunter Valley delight Dashville Skyline, as well as headline pub shows and songwriter haunts right along the east coast.